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News: Pussy Riot star hospitalised following hunger strike (CNN)

After her requests for parole and transfer were denied, Pussy Riot star Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was hospitalized on Friday following a 5-day hunger strike.

Tolokonnikova, along with the other two members of Pussy Riot – a punk rock collective – were imprisoned last year for “hooliganism”. The trio became famous for their performance of “punk prayer” at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral that criticised the then President, Vladimir Putin. The video of the performance went viral and the women became poster girls for Russia’s opposition movement.

Currently, Tolokonnikova, 23, is serving a two-year sentence in Mordovia prison, southeast of Moscow. She has described the prison as unsanitary and told reporters that women have to work up to 17 hours per day, regardless of sickness or injury. Tolokonnikova describes it as “slave labour” where women are beaten, or worse, for not complying. “They hit them in the kidneys, in the face. Prisoners themselves deliver these beatings, and not a single one of them is done without the approval and full knowledge of the administration…Mordovian prisoners are afraid of their own shadows. They are completely terrified.”

After repeated requests to be transferred to another prison, Tolokonnikova launched a hunger strike. After five days of living solely off water, she was admitted to the penitentiary hospital, just hours after her most recent request for transfer was denied.

For the full story: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/27/world/europe/pussy-riot-hunger-strike/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

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One comment on “News: Pussy Riot star hospitalised following hunger strike (CNN)

  1. elliotemery91
    September 29, 2013

    I hope she gets well soon. It is awful how much she has been made to suffer in her fight for freedom of expression. The bravery of both Nadezhda and Maria is an inspiration to us all.

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